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9 Holiday Cocktails Under 200 Calories

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9 Holiday Cocktails Under 200 Calories

‘Tis the season for parties and revelry. Unfortunately, celebrations can take a toll on those hoping to keep their healthy eating plans intact. While it’s often easy to spot fattening fare that might be best passed by, cocktails are a less obvious caloric culprit -- sometimes packed with sugar and empty calories. However, there is a way to have your cocktail and drink it too. Whether you’re hosting a holiday soiree or just in the mood for an autumn aperitif, read on for nine delicious and fun drinks, all under 200 calories.

1. Pom-Tini Sparkler
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"Pomegranate season typically runs October through February, so the holidays are the perfect time to showcase the pomegranate and impress guests," says registered dietitian and healthy living expert Corinne Dobbas. Take advantage of this sensational seasonal fruit while you can. Dobbas recommends this recipe for a festive and fit holiday drink of pomegranate arils and juice, sparkling water and citron vodka. CALORIES: 143

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2. Cranberry-Orange Tea Sipper
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If you're a tea-lover looking for something warm during the chilly months, a Cranberry-Orange Spiced Tea Sprit is the perfect solution. Try this tea cocktail combining cranberry juice, orange juice water, spiced tea and vodka. This drink will keep your body and your spirit warm. CALORIES: 87

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3. Chamomile Collins
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If you need a refreshing pick-me-up after a long day of holiday shopping, whip up a Chamomile Collins created by Chief Mixologist and Owner of Chicago’s Pour Souls Cocktail Club Tim Williams. This drink mixes the delicious flavors of chamomile-infused vodka, apple cider, simple syrup and lemon juice. Serve it in a Collins glass to sip, savor and let the stress of long lines and crowded parking lots melt away. CALORIES: 195

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4. KiwiHito
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With sweet, minty hints reminiscent of a candy cane, this revitalizing rum-based cocktail from Liquid Lab NYC is perfect for the season. Kiwis and strawberries serve as natural substitutes for simple syrups, creating a light, seductive take on the classic Mojito. This fall favorite combines is light and refreshing, and is a perfect pre-or post-holiday dinner drink. CALORIES: 124

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5. Cranberry Pear Cooler
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Registered dietitian and healthy living expert Corinne Dobbas recommends the Cranberry Pear Cooler for a festive and low-calorie drink. "This simple tasty cocktail plays on the flavors of the season," says Dobbas. And at 150 calories a pop, you can indulge without the guilt. This tasty festive drink combines vodka, cranberry juice, pear juice and a simple yet elegant cinnamon-dipped pear slice garnish. The red color of the drink and green of the pear wedge combine to make festive holiday colors. CALORIES: 145

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6. Garden Chiller
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Liquid Lab NYC recommends a low-calorie cocktail featuring exceptional floral notes with a clean taste. At 160 too 180 calories per serving, you can sip on this drink during holiday parties without feeling too naughty. Muddled cucumber slices with basil, vodka, St. Germain and lime are the major components of this low-calorie, seasonal cocktail. CALORIES: 154

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7. Cider House Rules
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This sweet and spicy cocktail from Tim Williams, Chief Mixologist and Owner of Pour Souls Cocktail Club, complements the season with its cinnamon notes. "I love using this particular cider, Vander Mill, in cocktails," says Williams. "It's dry and has no added sugar." This delicious and festive holiday drink combines bourbon, cinnamon brown sugar syrup, Vander Mill Totally Roasted cider. Yum! CALORIES: 91

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8. Hot Toddy
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Sipping a warm drink on a cold evening is a comforting, seasonal tradition. Stir, sip and savor this simple yet comforting toddy combining black tea, honey, lemon juice and brandy, bourbon or whiskey. You’ll get an antioxidant boost from the tea and honey and a temperature boost from the warming spirits. CALORIES: 186

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9. Sage Sanctuary
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Sometimes you need to escape the holiday hustle and bustle and indulge in some "me time." Take sanctuary in this delectable recipe from Liquid Lab NYC. Shopping, wrapping, decorating and visiting family are no match for this muddled sage, agave nectar, vodka, bitters and unsweetened iced tea and club soda combo. This soothing drink will take you to a relaxed place. CALORIES: 164

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What Do YOU Think?
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Do you have any favorite (diet-friendly) holiday cocktails or low-calorie twists on some of the more decadent ones? Which drinks tempt you the most during this season of revelry and holiday parties? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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